Session beers can be a nice change of pace from the bigger more alcoholic beer. A seen beer is a beer that is lower than 4% or 4.5% ABV and has a mild flavor. These are a sub-style of beer that you can have a few or more of without wrecking your taste buds or become too drunk. Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale, 4.2% ABV is one example. It is an early spring seasonal and part of a series of three sour session ales. This ale is brewed with lemon, ginger, and rosemary. Lemon Drop pours a light thin yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that is gone in a blink of an eye. It has a nice citrus lemon aroma with light ginger and the faintest of rosemary. Taste is big on the lemon tart/sour flavor with a little follow-up of ginger and not much or any rosemary. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You get a nice tart lemon ginger finish that carries on to the aftertaste with a little more tart flavor. This is a good warm spring drinking beer. I enjoyed it, and I say it’s an A-. It just needs a dash of ginger to make it perfect. I highly recommend Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale to drink. It did not disappoint my taste buds. It goes down easy with a nice refreshing flavor. Please be kind out there! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!!
NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session, 5.1% ABV has been around for a long time here in Charlotte, North Carolina and I a little surprised I have not reviewed this Pale Ale until now. Brewed locally in Charlotte with imported Maris Otter, Caramunich malts, Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops. Jam Session pours an orange color with a fluffy two-finger white head. It has a slightly bitter aroma that is a little bit sweet and there is also grapefruit with some hints of orange. Its taste is grapefruit with bitterness, some light sweetness from some light orange. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. It then finishes with a light hoppy bitter note and has a bitter citrus fruit aftertaste. This is Pale Ale goes down smooth and is refreshing. I give NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session a B-. The flavors on this are mild overall that do hold its grade down a bit, but nothing terrible. None of the flavors really wow you or jump out at you. Yes, I do recommend NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session. I enjoyed it and will enjoy it again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA, %.5% ABV is a New England Pale Ale. Bang A Uey is Bostonian slang for making a u-turn. The name is fitting for this New England Pale Ale. This Pale Ale pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a sticky two-finger bright white head. The aroma is citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The aroma is strong smelling. The flavor is light with some citrus orange and grapefruit, bitterness. There is a light mouthfeel to this and a nice sweetness. Bang a Uey has a soft bitter citrus finish and a citrus aftertaste. Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA is not as it smells it overall a light easy drinking pale ale. I give this one a high C+. Going into this beer from the aroma I was thinking the flavor would be more than it was. What I tasted was not bad just lighter than I was expecting it to be and that held it just above average for me. Yeah, I would have this again and it would be something to try if you haven’t already. I was not a bad beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Way back and a long time ago I have reviewed Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock, 6.0% ABV. Since then it has gone from a 750ml bottle to a 12oz bottle to now a 16oz can. This is a spring bock brewed with Bavarian hops, water, malt, and yeast, much like the traditional German method of brewing. It is produced locally here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Früh Bock pours a deep golden orange color with a tight one-finger white head. It has a sweet, hoppy slight biscuity malt aroma. The taste is sweet at first with a bit of hop bitterness with a bit of a light biscuit malt note. It is crisp and refreshing and finishes the same with a light hoppy sweet note. This beer has a medium mouthfeel. Früh Bock has slight sweet malt aftertaste. I found Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock to be a good spring bock beer, and I give it an A-. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery does not disappoint with its beers, and Früh Bock is no exception. It has a nice spring flavor that is refreshingly tasty. You can spend part of your afternoon with a package of these and I recommend that you do.
Pilsner I think is going to be a new popular trend among craft beer along with other crisp beer styles like a Lager. I guess you could call it a crispy beer trend. Westbrook Brewing Company CHS PILS, 5% ABV is an on-trend beer, says crispy on. the can but with a K and is brewed in Charleston, South Carolina. This Pilsner is brewed with Hallertau Tradition hops, German Lager Yeast, and Pils malt. This Pilsner pours a yellow slightly gold color with a tight/bright white one and a half-finger white head. The aroma is the lightest bit lemony with a biscuit note and a slight hint of a hop note. The flavor is aging, the lights hint of lemon with a few biscuity malts and a bit of a hoppy note. The mouthfeel is light but grainy. CHS PILS finish with a grainy faint hop note and caries it into a crisp aftertaste. This is a good alternative to all those big New England IPAs, barrel-aged and pastry stouts. I could drink several of these with wrecking or overpowering my tastebuds. I think Westbrook Brewing Company CHS PILS is an A. Just a straight-up Pilsner beer for when you what a well-brewed beer-flavored beer. Go get this! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde, 4.9% ABV was brought over by my neighbors for the Super Bowl. This blonde ale is brewed in Boone, North Carolina, and is a Great American Beer Festival award winner. It pours out a golden color into the glass with a one-and-a-half-finger white head that is somewhat quick to fade into itself. The aroma is slightly biscuity with some honey and a light hop aroma. Taste is a little similar to its aroma. There is a honey-sweet note that is followed by a light biscuity note with a light hoppy flavor. It has a smooth flavor as well and finishes smooth and crisp. The aftertaste is a sweet yet slightly hoppy flavor that does not stay, but it does draw you into another refreshing sip. This has all the average aromas and flavor of your typical Blonde ale with just a hint of hoppy. I say that Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde is not bad and it’s a C+ beer, above average. There wasn’t any sort of flavors that aren’t your typical Blonde al flavors which is good. I do recommend this Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I was down in South Carolina where they have an ACTUAL liquor store and I saw Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave, 10% ABV. I picked up a four-pack of the lime variant. Más Agave is an imperial lime Gose beer aged in Tequila barrels. This beer pours a deep rich orange with a two-finger fast dissolving white head. It gives off sweet & tart aromas of lime citrus fruit with a strong alcoholic note. Taste is a bit similar to the way its aroma hits. You’ll find a bit of a tart & sweet lime with a boozy tequila barrel and hints of citrus lime. This beer doesn’t taste like it’s 10% but not far off. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of a medium feel. Más Agave finishes with a boozy citrus lime tartness and has a tart alcoholic limey aftertaste. This is much like a margarita but in beer from and only the second time I’ve had a beer like this, the first being Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Trip into the Woods Otra Vez. Which I think is better than Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave, which I B. It has a good tart fruity flavor but the barrel brings out the boozy alcohol that doesn’t make you want to have more that one and a half of these. But I do recommend trying Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!